Big Class offers free book-making, after-school program

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Big Class is a local organization that runs literacy programs in which children create books from writing content through publishing. The group's next project is to run a writing and tutoring center at 3718 St. Claude Avenue (below Antenna Gallery). There are two open houses (noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28) at which parents and children can get information about the program and sign up. Participation is free, and volunteers also can sign up at the two open houses. There's more info here.

Upcoming after-school programs start March 12. Each program starts with homework help, and each has an eight week workshop followed by a four-week book-making project.

Tuesday features a jazz centered project for 10-14 year olds. The program incorporates music, poetry and visual art.

Wednesday features a food and memory theme for 10-14 year olds. Students write reviews and essays and take photographs.

Thursday's project is a newspaper for 6-14 year olds. Students will create all sections of a community newspaper.

Sundays are open to 6-18 year olds, and each week will feature a different workshop topic.

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